This was a night I will always remember. It started out with leaving ultra early from the base to take a bus ride up to the base located in Seoul. We wanted to leave early because we had NO idea what the venue was going to be like. After grabbing a bite to eat in Seoul outside the base, we hopped on the metro and rode our way to the nearest stop near the venue. We then walked about 1.5km and found ourselves at a posh, and I mean POSH hotel. Rooms there are 340,000 WON a night (~ 310.00 american dollars). We are officially around five hours early and decide it was necessary to grab some more food. We arrived back at the hotel at 9:00 P.M. and decide to chill there until the doors opened. Did I mention that this place has a HUGE casino in it? Yeah, I said it, a Korean casino...also very posh. I did a bit of networking to get to know some of the production staff and some of the local djs (British, Australian, South Korean) until it was time to enter the amphitheater. We checked our coats and entered the arena. It was AMAZING. They had tables with booths and then a HUGE dance floor. There was a korean dj spinning as we entered and he tore the place up. I broke out some glowsticks and my photons and went down to begin the night of dancing." />
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Armin Van Buuren @ Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel, Seoul
by thedawnfades: 11-13-2004


This was a night I will always remember. It started out with leaving ultra early from the base to take a bus ride up to the base located in Seoul. We wanted to leave early because we had NO idea what the venue was going to be like. After grabbing a bite to eat in Seoul outside the base, we hopped on the metro and rode our way to the nearest stop near the venue. We then walked about 1.5km and found ourselves at a posh, and I mean POSH hotel. Rooms there are 340,000 WON a night (~ 310.00 american dollars). We are officially around five hours early and decide it was necessary to grab some more food. We arrived back at the hotel at 9:00 P.M. and decide to chill there until the doors opened. Did I mention that this place has a HUGE casino in it? Yeah, I said it, a Korean casino...also very posh. I did a bit of networking to get to know some of the production staff and some of the local djs (British, Australian, South Korean) until it was time to enter the amphitheater. We checked our coats and entered the arena. It was AMAZING. They had tables with booths and then a HUGE dance floor. There was a korean dj spinning as we entered and he tore the place up. I broke out some glowsticks and my photons and went down to begin the night of dancing.

At approximately midnight, the dj spun down his music and to our surprise, a pair of (russian?) dancers came out and performed on stage, and suspended from the ceiling. It tripped me the fuck out watching them. The second korean dj came on after they were done and built up the energy just a bit more. I felt bad for him because at one point it seemed like he had a scratched record and did not know about it, because it jumped, twice. He played it off very well though, although I could see it on his face. This guy played a little bit harder progressive trance which was to my liking. He spun his last record down at 1:00 am. Then something really weird happened. The Korean equivalent of Madonna came out singing/dancing to music that sounded like disco hop or something of the sort. I was able to nod my head to it, but the Koreans around me went nuts. So, it wasn't that bad...they threw out shirts and I picked one up. It has a hologram front and is a snowboarding company shirt. She talked in Korean for a little bit to waste some time while they were moving things around in the background, including moving up the dj booth. Armin finally came on and the place went nuts. It was non-stop energy until he was finished. He played with/off the crowd and his attention was on us and "talking" with people he saw the entire night (mimicking, gestures, etc.).

At around 3:30 am he stop the music, built up the crowd cheering, and then threw in another song. To our surprise it was a remix of Teen Spirit by Nirvana. No words can describe the place at that time. It was crazy! After that song he again stopped the music, worked the crowd, and was back mixing. It was at this point, somehow, a few people got on stage without being held back, this led to a massive surge of people to go up to see him. Luckily people had enough sense not to touch the decks or kill the table. They did break a neon light though when all was said and done. I got up in the background to take pictures. Armin decided it would be best to stand up on top of the the dj table and dance a bit while shaking everyone's hands. We were then forced to go back to the dance floor and off the stage; I didn't mind, I got some nice shots (pictures). He eventually stopped around 4:00 am and another Korean dj took over as people were leaving. The die-hard dancers (including myself) stayed. The hotel asked him to turn the music down around 4:30 am so I went up and talked to one of the Australian djs I had met who was chillin up with Armin all night. We eventually got out of the hotel at 4:50 am and reversed the process getting back to base. I am here now, it is 8:18 am and I have been home for about 30 minutes and my bed is very inviting. I am going to go get a nice day's rest after a perfect night.

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